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  • City election to be held Tuesday

    Williston's election for City Council will be held on Tuesday, March 3. Voting will be held at the Community Center in the City Hall complex from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    The votes will be counted and certified after the polls close.

    Three council seats were to be contested this year, but in two cases the incumbents, Steve Holcomb and Marc Nussel, were not challenged and thereby are automatically re-elected.

    Thus, the only seat being contended is that currently held by Debra French Jones; her opponent is Jerry Robinson.

  • Bembry opens office in Chiefland

    State Representative Leonard Bembry (D-Greenville) is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite office in House District 10.

    The district office is located at 23 Southeast 2nd Avenue in Chiefland at the old Train Depot. The office is staffed by Teresa Watson as a full time District Secretary who will assist constituents in Dixie, Levy, Alachua, and Columbia counties.

  • Archer woman dies after wreck on 121

    An Archer woman has died as the result of an accident on State Road 121 Tuesday south of Williston.

    According to the FHP report, Diane W. McGee, 50, was traveling north on 121 in a 1989 Chevrolet when a Mack truck driven by Leonard H. Burkhartsmeier, 67, of Ocala, attempted to pass her in a legal passing zone. But McGee apparently went to make a left turn and cut in front of the truck, initiating the collision.

    McGee was airlifted to Shands, where she died on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Farmers market to open March 7

    Levy County Farmers' Market grand opening will be Saturday March 7. The market will be open early in the morning every Saturday at its location at Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. 6th Ave., in Williston (intersection of Southeast 4th Street and Southeast 6th Avenue).

    The farmers' market will offer organic produce, herbs, teas, baked goods, crafts-jewelry, candles, plants, herbs, honey and lots more.

  • Faade grants to spruce up downtown

    Williston’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) is encouraging downtown businesses to spruce up with the help of façade improvement grants, which will total $10,000 for this year alone.

    The thrust of the effort is to restore the historic feel of downtown Williston by returning core buildings to their original appearance.

    Grants are available up to $5,000 for a single façade. Grants for lesser amounts may be awarded. 

  • City asks: What's in it for us?

    “What is Williston going to get from the stimulus package?” asked Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat toward the end of Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

    What do we have that is “shovel ready” and how do we apply for the grants needed to secure the funds to do it?

  • Not much stimulus help coming to county

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s meeting with tri-county elected officials was a case of good news-bad news.

    The good news is the stimulus bill passed.

    The bad news is not everyone will be satisfied.

    Nelson met with elected officials from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of a briefing tour. Nelson had visited Polk County earlier in the day and had later meetings in Live Oak and Monticello.

  • This weekend's events

    Livestock awards

    from Fair planned

    The Levy County Fair Association will be holding an Awards Presentation for the livestock exhibitors from the 2008 county fair on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Williston Heritage Park on Main Street.

    Refreshments will be served and there will be live music; please bring your own chair. The exhibitors from the Creative Arts program and the public are also invited.

    5,000-pound event

    kicks off Saturday

  • Meeting set to discuss 121 plans

    The work on State Road 121 between U.S. 41 in Williston and the Alachua County line is scheduled to begin the near future, although no specific date has been announced.

    In an effort to provide citizens with more information about the project, representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation will hold an informal question and answer session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the city council chambers, directly preceding the city council meeting.

  • CRA reflects on past and future work

    At its meeting on Monday evening, Williston’s Community Redevelopment Association took a look back at its accomplishments in 2008 and looked forward to 2009 and the ensuing years.